Feb 2, 2013 6:00am PST
the agenda is the ongoing volatile situation in the middle east and the war in syria. us vice president joe biden addressed a conference and called on the sheer to step down -- the syrian president to step down. >> vice president joe biden has made his anticipated appearance at the munich security conference. one of the key themes of his speech was the situation in the middle east. on the subject of iran, biden offered direct talks over the countries nuclear program. >> we have made it clear at the outset that we would be prepared to meet bilaterally with the iranian leadership. that offer stands, but it must be real and tangible, and there has to be an agenda they are prepared to speak to. we are not prepared to do it for the exercise. >> biden came to dispel fears that the united states would neglect europe due to increasing focus on asia. >> europe is a cornerstone of our engagement with the world and a catalyst for mobile cooperation. -- global cooperation. we need to work together. we need to stick together. we need you as much as you need us. >> biden will also meet the us envoy to sy
Feb 21, 2013 5:30am PST
you tell us about these explosions? >> the pro-government media says that four explosions rocked the capital in damascus this morning. that area is very famous and very busy. many civilians killed, including children. the place where the explosion took place is usually a place where students stand on line and wait for the buses to take them back,. there are clashes between the government forces and the rebels. another adjacent neighborhood. these explosions look huge. buses, cars burned, people dead, children running away. the government accuses terrorist organizations of some of the activists saying that these explosions are saying they're justifying cracking down on the rebels. whoever is behind these explosions, they're very much coordinated attacks within the capital. >> thank you. the explosions happened just as the syrian national coalition met in cairo. there are reports suggesting that the opposition group is willing to negotiate with the government but only if the president is not part of the deal. we have the latest from these meetings in cairo. >> according to reuters,
Feb 2, 2013 2:00pm PST
got a hero's welcome visiting timbuktu. jackie is in timbuktu for us. not quite mission accomplished but it seems like hollande was welcomed, indeed. >> yes. francois hollande saw this as a mission of three stages to prevent the rebels from continuing their advance south, to recapture towns taken by the rebels and restore territorial integrity sovereignty to mali. the third part of the mission will take much longer. let's take a look at the president's day in tim puck to - timbuktu. he sent french troops to mali three weeks ago and now has come to congratulate them. the rebel advance has been halted and french and malian troops have recaptured towns in the north and east of the country. francois hollande has come to thank french troops for what he sees as their successful work in mali but the mission will not be complete until the whole of the country is under central control and that's not the case. the president heads for the center and a rapturous welcome. people are grateful to the french for ridding the city of al qaeda-linked rebels and want to thank hollande personally. then i
Feb 3, 2013 2:00pm PST
of syria has accused israel of trying to stabilize its country. the warning comes as new u.s. figures show the number of serious refugees rose by more than 25% last month. the president told state television the military is ready to confront any act of aggression by israel. this follows an air strike outside the capital of damascus on wednesday with the government has blamed on israel. the promise came as he met the head of a rob's and national security council. the theory of conflict has dominated high level talks at a security conference in germany. the defense minister of israel appears to confirm speculation that israeli forces were behind wednesday's attack near damascus. >> alongside apparent diplomatic progress on syria, there were reminders about how easily the conflict could spread. the defense minister of israel spoke of the imminent fall of bashar al-assad, and gave his response to reports that israeli jets bombed targets inside syria. >> i cannot say anything about what happened in syria several days ago, but they keep telling us that frankly that we said when we face some thin
Feb 5, 2013 5:30am PST
detention. standard and poor's is being sued by the u.s. government. some say that it is about time. abuse and injustice, the scandal of false adoption for unmarried mothers in ireland. the president of iran has arrived in cairo. it is the first time an iranian head of government has visited egypt since the iranian revolution in 1959. he got a grand reception but back home he has been dealt a big blow. one of his closest allies has been arrested. thought to be the latest in the approach between the president and his approach -- his opponent. more from cairo in a moment. >> the judiciary has not yet said what they have arrested him. one official report said that he was arrested for illegal possession of government property as the head of the social security network. ahmadinejad promoted him cheat -- two years after he was suspended as the prosecutor general. he is charged with the torture and death of protesters following the 2009 election. that prison has since been closed. back in 2003 he was in the custody of a canadian irani and. i will point out that he has never been charged for that.
Feb 3, 2013 11:00pm PST
disturbed by it. it came during hagel hearings and was politically calibrated to get the support of the u.s. senate. what can a president say? he is not going to denounce israel now? i am very suspicious of the motives of the attack. >> israel maintained the lorries they were attacking carried game changing weapons. does that make it all right? is anyone likely to criticize israel for taking this position? >> there is a lot of criticism from the middle east, and that can be expected. we have only israel's word to go on. i have seen no independent evidence to confirm what they claimed. i am sure from their perspective these surface air missiles they said they were interdicting might be a game changer, but they are only a game changer if israel is planning an attack on has the law or lebanon or further attacks on syria. -- on hezbollah or lebanon or further attacks on syria. >> he does not want another front, does he? >> i am not sure he has enough to strike back with. certainly under international law he would be in his legitimate rights to strike back. i do not think of is going to happen.
Feb 26, 2013 5:30am PST
. but that is not really what the figures are showing us because he still lost millions of votes compared to last time that italy went to the polls. the country is divided into four -- a quarter did not vote, according voted for -- and then a quarter to the center right and left. half the country, -- rejected conventional politics. that is what a lot of the grillo voters wanted. they did not want to see the same people in parliament or a continuation of the dysfunctional and corrupt scandal-ridden politics and they have been getting used to the last few decades. i think the politicians may try to find some kind of interim government solution to see italy through to the next elections, but if you actually look at the vote and grillo's protest vote, that is not what the country wants. a lot of supporters say it is not just a protest vote, we want change. and they think he is the best way to achieve that. >> the financial markets have reacted nervously to this inconclusive result. what are the implications of it for the italian, it -- economy and the eurozone? but they are huge. we have already seen the
Feb 20, 2013 7:30pm PST
-in, both equally astute. one is brother mark, who used to be, i believe, a dentist or some kind of professional field, and he gave that up in order to go to this monastery, where he lives his life, and a life of meditation and prayer and connection with god. bishop thomas, on the other hand, is a major bishop in the coptic faith in egypt, but listen particularly, because we've had barbara's beautiful sahara - once again, we're getting too many synchronicities in this class. we have this book - from the library, folks; that's why you can't see the front on it - but we have this book about the sahara - we'll, we're going to the sahara; i forgot about that. yeah, we're going back to the sahara, and listen to what life would be like there. and so, if we could, let's go to st. macarius monastery in the deserts outside of cairo. >> the word monk , or monastery, monasticism, from mono - mono means single, one-say but one. here is all the monastic ones - mono, monk, monastic - they lived as hermits alone in the desert. now we live in a community together, so we built a wall all around t